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Coaches poll anonymity helps no one (except coaches with agendas)

Jake Trotter Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:35 pm •  Published: May 27, 2009

Wednesday, the American Football Coaches Association announced that, beginning in 2010, ballots in the final regular-season USA Today coaches’ college football poll will be kept confidential.
This was done in an effort to make the poll more accurate and credible.
Credible? Really?
In the past, coaches have made some bizarre, sometimes seemingly vindictive or clearly self-serving, votes in their final poll.
Two years ago, Howard Schellenberger, currently the coach at Florida Atlantic and who before that was fired from Oklahoma, had the Sooners at No. 7, three spots lower than the team OU had just demolished, Missouri.
Bob Stoops also had an interesting selection in his ballot, putting the club, LSU, of former rival Les Miles at No. 6. No other coach had LSU outside the Top 5.
Hal Mumme, finally, had Hawaii No. 1, weeks before they would be undressed by Georgia in their bowl game.
Coaches who have a vote in the poll have a right to vote however they want.
But imagine what will happen when this poll becomes anonymous.
You still think Mack Brown would’ve still voted OU No. 3, instead of No. 25, which would’ve been the difference in Texas going to the Big 12 title game over OU?
Maybe he would have. But maybe not. The point is, we won’t know.
Having a face with a vote keeps coaches accountable for their votes.
Anonymity will not.

By Jake Trotter


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